WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Tuesday to accept special state legislation empowering the current board or a future county board to make the recorder's office and the auditor-treasurer office appointed rather than elected.
Commissioners Jim Dowson and John Stranne voted against the resolution.
At least 80 percent or four of the five commissioners would have to vote in favor of making those offices appointed, should the issue come to a vote in the future.
Elected incumbents at that time would complete the term of their office before the board then could make an appointment.
The commissioners sought this special legislation during the 2001 session.
Tuesday, Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Anderson reported on other state legislation, now permitting the secretary of state's office to offer 50 percent of funds needed for local governments to purchase vote counting equipment for $4,000.
Cass has central vote county equipment at the courthouse that tabulates votes for all precincts.
Anderson said that probably will continue to be the best option for most districts in the county. However, some larger cities and townships may want to purchase their own equipment under this program.
Any district considering the purchase will not only have to provide the $2,000 match, but also be able to provide maintenance costs for the equipment in the future and have a building with year-round heating and cooling to store the equipment, she said.
Districts interests in seeing the voter equipment demonstrated Sept. 28 should contact the auditor-treasurer's office for more information at (218) 547-7260 or toll free outside the Walker-Hackensack area at 888-547-3301.
Anderson reported interest income on county investments has declined some in recent months over rates being received earlier this year, because of the drop in interest rates available.
As certificates of deposit and bonds mature, money re-invested in new certificates and bonds will be earning lower interest, she noted.
The county's general revenue fund investment return is still running well ahead at $674,184.78 of budget projections for $466,666.67, she reported.
Road and bridge investment returns at $28,598.81 are less than the $33,333.33 expected. Health and human services fund investments are $334.40 more than the $50,000 anticipated.
The board will consider county redistricting plans at the Oct. 16 regular board meeting.
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